LONDON -- The London market is going tech-mad this morning following the
latest rise into uncharted territory. The
was 89.2 higher to 6232.0, and the
index of leading tech stocks was 153.7 points higher to 5151.0.
, which revealed a 63% leap in interim profits Wednesday, took another giant step forward with a gain of 213p to 26.30 pounds.
was up 278p to 55.00 pounds after its
arm unveiled the first integrated wireless computing platform at the Hanover tech fair.
continued to defy gravity and was up 550p to 119.50 pounds.
This morning's earnings results were all given a good reception at first, but one or two of the stocks were hit by profit-taking.
rose 35p to 10.90 pounds after revealing sharply higher earnings, before easing back to stand 25p cheaper on balance at 10.30 pounds. And
flew up 67p to 675 before slipping back to stand 5p cheaper on balance at 605 as the company revealed its new Internet strategy.
Europe's continental stock markets built on Wednesday's gains, with blue-chip technology shares pulling the most weight. The
in Frankfurt was up 87.30 to 7786.27, and the Paris
was 117.79 higher at 6149.04.
German electronics giant
climbed 5.60 euros to 186.20, while software maker
cracked the 900-euro level and was up 47 euros to 901, after announcing at the CeBIT trade show that it was grounding a new subsidiary for e-business.
Big telco shares around the Continent were having a solid session, with
up 5.65 euros to 93.15, Spain's
up 1.01 euros to 29.39 and
1.90 euros higher at 168.70.
After days of making powerful gains, the shares of some utilities finally took a breather.
was down 1.25 euros to 51.75,
fell 0.68 to 20.57, and
was down 1.61 euros to 34.90 after presenting disappointing results.